‘The Goldbergs’ Finishes Fall Ranked 8th at ABC Amid Jeff Garlin’s Exit

by Josh Lanier

The Goldbergs are in the middle of the pack at ABC. The show finished 8th in ratings for the alphabet network, and that’s down compared to last season. And the show faces a major hurdle in 2022. Jeff Garlin left the series earlier this month after staffers complained to Sony about his alleged inappropriate behavior and touching while on set.

The Goldbergs averaged 4.04 million viewers an episode this season, according to TV Line. It’s behind The Conners in total viewers and the key demographic. Grey’s Anatomy, the medical drama in its 18th season, led ABC in the ratings.

According to TV Series Finale, The Goldbergs is down 6 percent in viewers compared to this time last year. But the network appears to be behind the series. Executives recently extended the show’s ninth season order from 18 episodes to 22. It’s unclear what that means for the series getting a 10th season.

Ratings for the show will likely see a rating spike in the coming weeks as viewers tune in to see how the show will handle Jeff Garlin’s exit. Garlin left the series after its last new episode aired in early December. The Goldbergs returns with new episodes on Jan. 5.

Producers said Garlin’s character Murray will remain in the series going forward. According to Variety, they’ll use a body double, CGI, and unused audio and video clips to previous episodes in future episodes. They’ll continue to pay him because of this, though he won’t return to the set anymore.

Jeff Garlin Says He Wasn’t the Problem on ‘The Goldbergs’ Set

Employees on the set of The Goldbergs told Deadline that Jeff Garlin was “extremely verbally and emotionally abusive” on set. They said he told inappropriate jokes and would hug people without their consent. Garlin only worked a day a week on the series, but whenever he’d appear it would spoil the mood of the entire cast and crew, they told the outlet.

Jeff Garlin defended his actions in an extensive interview with Vanity Fair. He admitted he often made jokes that referenced female anatomy and hugged people. Garlin complained in his Netflix special that executives had asked him to tone down his jokes, but he refused. He doesn’t think that’s the problem.

He blamed political correctness.

“If I said something silly and offensive, and I’m working at an insurance company, I think it’s a different situation. If I, as the star of the show, demanded a gun range and on set, and I was firing guns every day and I was a little bit loose. To me, that’s an unsafe work atmosphere,” he told Maureen Ryan. “If I threatened people, that’s an unsafe work atmosphere. None of that goes on ever with me. That’s not who I am. I am sorry to tell you that there really is no big story. Unless you want to do a story about political correctness.”